MORNING MUSIC NEWS FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 13

Posted 2 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

Katy Perry on Walmart Soundcheck by Lunchbox LP, on Flickr

KATY PERRY HELPING TEACHERS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even as schools around the country are letting out for the summer, Katy Perry is giving props to teachers for the fall. She helped present a $1 million dollar donation to support teacher projects during the upcoming school year. Perry wasn’t always so big on schooling. But she says while she “wasn’t raised with a great education,” she’s trying to make up for it now. Perry says she visits museums and national parks while touring. She says she decided that rather than shop her way around the world, she’d educate her way around the world. During her upcoming national tour, she plans to stop at every nearby national park along the way.

JUSTIN BIEBER WON’T FACE FELONY IN CELLPHONE SHOWDOWN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It started with a scuffle with a woman over a telephone. But it won’t end in a felony case against Justin Bieber. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has declined to file a felony rap against the pop star in an incident earlier this year in California. A woman claimed Bieber snatched her phone out of her purse to see if she had been videotaping him as he was hitting balls at a batting cage. The woman says she was able to prove to Bieber that she wasn’t — and that was that. While he won’t face a felony rap in the case, Bieber isn’t off the hook. The L.A. city attorney’s office will look at the case to see if warrants a misdemeanor charge.

AEROSMITH’S TOM HAMILTON WOULD LOVE TO HIT STUDIO AGAIN

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has not had to change how he approaches a live show because of recent bouts with cancer. Hamilton says the only time he ever had to change how he played was when he had a bout of tendinitis. He says now he’s playing better than ever, which is more fun for him, which means he plays better. He’s also eager to go into the studio again. Hamilton says Aerosmith was eager to show off on last year’s “Music From Another Dimension” album, but now he’d like to make a tightly focused record that concentrates on the songs instead of instrumentation.

THE VERVE PIPE RETURN TO ROCK

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Verve Pipe are putting out an album with the help of actor Jeff Daniels. Singer Brian Vander Ark tells Billboard he needed help on the title track for “Overboard.” He’s friends with Daniels so he asked him for his input. Daniels says he just helped Vander Ark focus the song a bit. The album “Overboard” comes out on Tuesday. The Verve Pipe dabbled a bit in children’s music recently but have not had a rock album out in 13 years.

MARIAH CAREY “INTERACTS” THROUGH BEVERAGE

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey is promoting a beverage that she claims will let you interact with her. Go N’Syde’s newest flavor, Butterfly, was created in collaboration with Carey. People who buy a bottle and hold a smartphone up to it will get access to exclusive content featuring Carey. Her latest song, “Thirsty,” is being used in ads for Butterfly. The drink is nonalcholic and available at Walgreens stores.

PAT MONAHAN MARKS FLAG DAY AT MACY’S

NEW YORK (AP) — Tomorrow at 4 PM Eastern, you will be able to hear Pat Monahan of Train singing the national anthem at any Macy’s store in the country. Monahan’s recording of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will be played at every American Macy’s store at the same time. It’s to mark the 200th anniversary of the song on Flag Day.

GRAMMYS TO ALLOW SAMPLES IN NON-RAP CATEGORIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some changes are coming to the Grammys. The Recording Academy says it will now allow samples to be used in songs that are nominated for all songwriting categories. In the past, taking chunks of previously recorded songs and putting them in new works had been allowed only for songs nominated in the best rap song category. Also the number of Grammys has been increased. There will now be 83 awards given out at next year’s ceremony.

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